Putting an ONF Conspiracy Theory to Rest

Brad Casemore doesn’t buy the conspiracy theory that says the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is a vehicle for a vendor (read Cisco) coup. Here’s why.

So, we have the ONF, and it’s unlike the IETF and the IEEE in more ways than one. While not a standards body – the ONF describes itself as a “non-profit consortium dedicated to the transformation of networking through the development and standardization of a unique architecture called Software-Defined Networking (SDN)” – there’s no question that the ONF wants to ensure that it defines and delivers SDN according to its own rules   And at its own pace, too, not tied to the product-release schedules of networking vendors.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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